#ThursThreads Week 241: What Did You Do?

I parked in the hotel parking lot, and went to my room. Inside, I stripped off my street clothes, which left me in the form fitting unitard I wore inside my armor. I touched the 3 dimensional sensor on my case. It would only respond to my fingers, only if they were still attached to me, and I remained fully functional, and was alone. If anyone was within range of its sensors, even I couldn’t open it.

I pressed a second sensor inside the case, and my armor assembled itself around my body. As it did, I vanished. Inside my armor, I spoke to my car, “What’s the first name on my list?”

“Michelle’s next door neighbor. Same structure.”

“Two home structure?”

“Yes.”

I walked to my car. “Take me there.” It complied. On the way I studied the information my car had found on the neighbor. “What did you do to Michelle, little man? What did you do?”

Once there, I walked to the front door, scanned for a lock, inserted the dynamic key and paused for a second as it took the form of the required key, and unlocked the door. I stepped inside, and closed the door behind me.

Then, I waited, and watched. I had time. “How did you feel about your transgender neighbor, little man?” I waited for him to come home from work. Then, I’d learn what I needed to know. And he’d never know I’d been there.

243 Words
I’m not on Twitter you know.


The Armor 17 story I started in Week 239 continues this week. It’s Week 241 of #ThursThreads, hosted by Siobhan Muir. Please go read all the entries in this week’s #ThursThreads. They are always fun to read.

There Was A Time…

There was a time
When you could say,
“The cat died.
She was with us
13 years.
We had to put her down
Last night.”

And it would be OK
If you didn’t work that day.
If you stayed at home.
With your family.

When did that change?
When did that become
So very wrong?
And why?

There was a time
When you could say,
“My next door neighbor
Has surgery today.
I need to take the time
To help her.
And her family.”

And it would be OK
If you didn’t work that day.
If you visited
The hospital.
Supporting, and caring for
The people who live
In the house next to yours.

When did that change?
When did that become
So very wrong?
And why?

There was a time
When you could say,
“My mother died last night.”

And everyone knew
It was OK
If you didn’t come to work
For several days.
Even a week
Or more.

To take the time
To mourn
The loss
Of the mother
That raised you.

When did that become
So very wrong?
And why?

There was a time
When you could say,
“There was a robbery
Last night.
The family across the street.
I’m going to take some time
Today.
And do my best
To help them.”

And it was OK.
Because everyone knew
It was part of being human.
It was simply
The right thing to do.

When did that become
So very wrong?
And why?

There was a time
When you could say,
“I’ll spend a few minutes
Each day I’m here at work,
Talking with this person.
They’re very ill right now.
In chemotherapy.
And I just want to take
Some time every day
To let them know
They aren’t alone.
That I care what happens
To them.”

And it was OK.
Everyone at work
Did the same thing.
Behaved that same way.
And took the time
To say,
“It’s good to see you
Today.
If you need something,
Anything at all.
Just ask.”

When did that become
So very wrong?
And why?

Why have people grown
So very cold?
When did life become so harsh
All you can do is say,
“I care for you.”
But you can’t show it
In any way.

When did it become
Unforgivable
To place more importance
On neighbors,
And friends,
Human beings,
With hearts and souls,
Than you do on your job?

When did the job you do
Every day
Become so important
That it owns you?

There was a time
Life was not this way.

Why has that changed?
And even more importantly.
Why does everyone accept
That things are the way
They are?